Fear is always only in our mind

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Fear is always only in our mind

My way to avoid overthinking before doing a presentation
January 13, 2022

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Originally posted on my Twitter in Indonesian πŸ‘‰πŸ» Link to thread

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I've been working in my current company for 8 months, but every time I want to present a design I get worried. But always when I start, it's normal. Often times fear is just in our minds alone.

🧡 To avoid overthinking when you want to do a presentation πŸ‘‡πŸ»

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TLDR; These are the things I've been trying for months and managed to reduce overthinking when I want to present:

- Long before the present, share expectations with the whole team
- Maintain expectations by writing the agenda on the calendar invitation
- It's okay if it's not perfect
- It's okay to say don't know

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Discuss one by one below πŸ‘‡πŸ»

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1. Long before present, share expectations with the team

This is really important, to what extent do you want to present the work? If the context is I'm designing, is it present end-to-end or just sharing progress? With this clarification, the team's expectations are also maintained and our burden as presenters will also be reduced

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2. Maintain expectations by writing the agenda on the calendar invitation

Often taken for granted, but impactful. There are many benefits from writing the agenda, one of which is maintained expectations. So the team already knows how far the discussion is going, and it will reduce the possibility of discussing something outside the agenda

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3. It's okay if it's not perfect

Often what makes us overthink is, we ourselves are chasing perfection. Even though it's okay to not perfect, then later you will get feedback from the results of the present and another iteration for the work/design. The designer has to get used to iteration, right?

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4. It's okay to say don't know

This, we often don't want to say we don't know because we don't want to considered stupid. Even though it's okay, If you don't know then just say it don't know. Precisely by saying we don't know, yes, we will be told and finally we will know.

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I've been doing this for a few months, and my overthink before the presentation was maintained. Because self-expectations and audience responses are more measurable. So yes it's safe.

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End of thread. Thank you for reading.

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